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Council and community come together to save Beatles mural

Residents in Litherland have Come Together with Sefton Council and prolific artist Paul Curtis to give an iconic Beatles mural a new lease of life.

Yesterday (Tuesday, September 22) essential maintenance works began on the gable end of a property on Croxteth Avenue in Litherland after it began to show signs of natural deterioration.

Owing to the nature of these works, a partial section of the internationally renowned Beatles mural, which is displayed on both the gable end and garden wall of the house, would need to be removed.

Understandably saying ‘Let It Be’ to the permanent removal of the mural was out of the question and so began detailed conversations between the building’s owner, Sefton Council and artist Paul Curtis to ‘Work It Out.’

Significant repairs have now begun on the property’s garden wall ahead of more remedial works being carried out on the gable end of the building.

Once these works are completed the main section of the mural will receive a cosmetic refurbishment, while the garden wall section will need a complete reinstallation.

All artwork will be carried out as close to the original design as possible.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “The repairs needed to the building are considerably more than just ‘Fixing A Hole’ and there was simply no other way to do this without damaging the mural.

“I am extremely proud of our hardworking Neighbourhoods teams who have worked diligently with all sides to get this complex project off the ground and, most importantly, found a way to protect this incredible asset to the community in Litherland.

“We don’t envisage needing to do these works again When I’m Sixty Four. This is a project that will give both the building and the mural much needed longevity and ensures that it will be in place for generations to come.

“I would like to thank the building’s owner, the Liverpool Mural Project and Paul Curtis for their support.”

The original mural was completed over five days in May, 2008 as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations to mark Litherland’s connections with the Fab Four.